Hypnotherapy for Gambling Addiction

With more and more people gambling and with online gambling outlets increasing, there are more reported cases of Gambling Addiction then ever before.

Gambling problems can manifest themselves in many different ways. Some problem gamblers will have all of the signs of their gambling problem and some others may only have one. Gambling addiction affects players of all different forms of gambling.

The most important thing to remember is just because their life is not horrible because of their gambling does not mean there is not a problem; many people can have serious gambling addictions and still hold down a job and other may think averything is fine.

Many addicts will stop socializing with anyone not into their addiction, so if suddenly someone you know cuts out all their friends from their life and starts to isolate themselves this can be a sign.

We now know that there are many contributing factors to gambling addiction. For example, the sensations experienced during a gambling episode may trigger the release of hormones into the brain that actually give a feeling of wellbeing – during that moment.

Past experiences that may have been long forgotten at the consious level are often a hidden driver leading towards excessive gambling behavior.

Because these experiences lie buried in the subconsious, no amount of talking can resolve the probelm.

However, because hypnosis works at the subconscious level,  it can be highly effective in resolving these long forgotten issues.

As a Clinical Hypnotherapist with nearly thirty years experience, I see many gambling addicts at my practice in Highgate Hill in Brisbane.

It does take effort, but if a gambler wants to control the addiction it can be done.

I have helped many gamblers retake control of their lives.

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Hypnosis and Gambling Addiction

With the risk of the federal government rescinding laws aimed at helping problem gamblers, the need for effective solutions to this problem has never been more urgent.

An article, entitled Problem Gambling: Treatment Strategies and Rationale For the Use of Hypnosis as a Treatment Adjunct, published several years ago in the Australian Journal of  Clinical and experimental Hypnosis* by Gre J Corman, Barry J. Evans and Graham D. Burrows AO, had this to say about the use of hypnosis in the treatment of Gambling Addiction:

“Hypnosis can be a valuable adjunct to treatment for problem gambling and can be introduced early in therapy. It is vital to assess contra-indications to the use of hypnosis, especially co-existent depression, personality disorder, or criminal intent or activity.

There is practically no reference in research or clinical literature to the use of hypnosis in the treatment of gambling problems. However, our belief that hypnosis should be considered as a part of therapy is based on its proven efficacy in the treatment of compulsive and habit disorders, anxiety disorders, and addictive disorders (Burrows & Dennerstein, 1988; Evans, 1995; Hammond, 1990). There are also many clinical and experimental reports of the use of hypnosis in heightening the efficacy of desensitisation, imagery, cognitive-behavioural, and cognitive therapies (Burrows & Stanley, 1995; Hammond, 1990). Hypnotherapeutic techniques are also useful for ego-strengthening and increasing self-esteem (Stanton, 1993).”

Hypnosis is an effective, side effect free way of treating all additions including Gambling Addiction.

Being located close to the CBD, (and Brisbane’s only Casino), I regularly see clients whose lives are being devastated by this terrible addiction. In most cases, the addiction is dealt with and the compulsive gambling stops permanently.

*Australian Journal of of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, November 1996, Volume 24 Number 2, Greg J. Coman Addiction Research Institute; Barry J. Evans Monash University; Graham D. Burrows AO Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne/Austin & repatriation Medical Cetre

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